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Year in and year out the very best Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the block of our Oak Knoll District estate vineyard surrounding the winery. The block is planted on an ancient riverbed so the soils are more gravelly and well drained, which results in very deep, rich fruit flavors. The entire vineyard produces truly outstanding wine, but we like to show off this particular block by bottling a portion separately as our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2018 vintage reserve blend was barrel fermented which allows the oak to be integrated and layered elegantly in the wine. The same barrels were then used to age the wine for 27 months prior to bottling. The barrel mix was 80% new French oak and 10% new American oak.

Tasting Notes:

Vibrant ruby red and dark velvet colors are paired with aromas of pomegranate, black cherry, and plum with hints of vanilla and blackberry. This is a rich and supple wine with flavors of black cherry, black currant and plum. Blackberry and plum flavors linger and engulf the mid- palate. Soft, silky tannins grip and then release gracefully on the finish. Pair with red meats or enjoy with light cheese to really savor the flavors of the wine.


100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Silenus Estate Vineyard, Oak Knoll District. Clones 15, 337 and 4.


Harvest dates: October 15, 22, and 23, 2018

Bottling date: January 21, 2021
Cases produced: 500 cases
Bottle size: 750 mL

Titratable Acidity: 6.30g/L

pH: 3.56
Alcohol: 14.5%


Decanter – 91 points